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Cherry Relleno (Macadamia Stuffed Cherries) (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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These little packages of joy are a take off of the Cherry Relleno (Almond Stuffed Cherries) recipe. 

I would love to see a macadamia nut-tree.  They  are large, spreading evergreen trees reaching 30 to 40 ft. high and almost as wide.  That would have been a tree climbing dream of mine growing up!   The leaves are 8 to 11 inches in length and occur usually in whorls of 3.

Macadamia nuts have a very hard seed coat enclosed in a green husk that splits open as the nut matures.  It holds a creamy white kernel containing up to 80% oil and 4% sugar.  Due to their high fat content it is important to store them properly so they don’t go rancid.  I store mine in a mason jar and keep it in the freezer.

These orbs of scrumptiousness will have your taste buds a dancing!  The flavors of all three components are mild on their own but together they sing in harmony.  The slight sweetness, the pairing of the crunchy texture of the nut and the chewiness of the dried cherry will cause an orgasmic explosion in your mouth.  Yes, mom, I said the word “orgasmic” on my blog. lol    Before I get to blushing too much, let’s go ahead and take a look at the recipe. :)



  1. Wash, remove the stems and pits from the cherries.  Here I used Bing Cherries.  They will need to be large enough to house a macadamia nut!
  2. Stuff a macadamia nut  into each cherry.  Place the stuffed cherry on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator.
  3. Dehydrate at 145 degrees for 1 hour, then reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and continue to dry for approximately 24 hours or until dry.  Remove and allow them to cool to room temperature.
  4. If making this raw – Prepare the hardening chocolate recipe.
  5. If using store-bought chocolate chips –
    •  Melting in the microwave – pour 1/2 of the bag of chips into a DRY glass bowl.  Melt on 30 second intervals, stirring in between each round.  Do this about 3x (this will depend on your microwave).   Don’t melt 100%, the heat of the melted chocolate will help to melt the last remaining ones.  This will assure that you don’t overheat the chocolate which will result in lumpy chocolate.
    • Melting in double boiler – Bring the water to a simmer, pour the bag of chocolate chips into your double boiler.  Stir constantly, once most of the chocolate chips are melted reduce the heat to the lowest setting.  Continue stirring until all of the chocolate is melted.  Be careful that you don’t allow any moisture into the pan,  this will cause your chocolate to seize.  Once melted, turn the heat off and start dipping your cherries.
  6. Dip each dried stuffed cherry into the chocolate, coating it well, tap off the excess chocolate.  I use a small fork as a platform to hold the cherry, tap it on the side of the bowl, scrap the bottom the fork with the edge of the spatula and slide the cherry onto the tray with a toothpick.  Place on a solid surface (etc. cutting board, tray, teflex sheet, wax paper).
  7. Allow the chocolate to harden.  DO NOT place in the fridge to harden.  The moisture can cause white streaks on your chocolate.  Place them in a cool spot of the house to harden.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F).  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).


One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage.  Daily I get questions regarding substitutions.  Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe.    I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family.  I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.

So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item.  Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient.   Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself.   So have fun, don’t be afraid,  and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.

Above:  This is the after effect of the dehydration process.  Odd looking picture I know but I really didn’t know how to make them pretty at this stage.   haha

Above – I used a small fork to dip each cherry, one at a time, into the melted chocolate.  Gently tap the fork on the side of the glass bowl to shake off any excess chocolate.  I then scrapped the bottom of the fork with the edge of the spatula to wipe away any drizzling chocolate.  Place on a lined tray.

Above : Un-huh!!  The Snack Bandit struck yet again.  haha  Store your chocolate covered cherries not only in a COOL place, but also in a safe place away from snack bandits.  haha

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8 thoughts on “Cherry Relleno (Macadamia Stuffed Cherries) (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. Jana says:

    Are you serious? This are my 3 favourite things!!! Cherries, Macadamias and Chocolate? I want to bath in it! Haha!
    Your E-Mail just distracted me from being busy preparing my upcoming sold out Level 1 class this sunday. It’s so nice to see how many people are intereset in a more healthy way of eating.

    Have a nice week and see you soon ;)
    lots of love,

  2. Gayle says:

    loved everything until you said microwave…. then i froze

    now i dont know what to think.

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Gayle…

      Just giving people options as some are limited on what tools they have or don’t have in the kitchen. Have a wonderful day. I hope this doesn’t stop you from trying the recipe. You clearly don’t have to use a microwave. :) amie sue

  3. Gabby says:

    Oh goodness, totally bookmarking these! 3 of my favourite things!

  4. Elle says:

    Oh YUM! I LOVE chocolate covered cherries, and chocolate covered macadamia’s! Great idea in combo, and to come across this for a first time visitor to your blog! Am looking forward to making these!

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